Thursday, December 21, 2006

Where are they now: Grant Marshall

In another edition of our continuing Blue Jackets alumni "Where are they now?" series, we'll look at Grant Marshall.

Grant joined the NHL as Toronto's first round pick in 1992. Following a few years in the Leaf's minor league system, he moved to the Dallas Stars in 1994, where he skated until being traded for a second round draft pick from the Jackets in 2001.

Marshall was never a high scorer or 'skill player' as they are sometimes called. At the time he was brought to to Columbus, he was an NHL veteran who won Lord Stanley's cup in 1999 with none other than Ken Hitchcock's Stars. He was brought in to help the young franchise develop.

At right wing, Marshall would be considered a 'power forward' who used his size and force to push his way onto the puck. If he were still with the Jackets today, I'd imagine he would be a 3rd or 4th line winger, probably skating with our grinders.

When skating for Columbus, he wore the number 29, though his number changed when he was traded to the New Jersey Devils for a conditional pick in 2004 draft. Marshall played for New Jersey from 2002-2006. This season has been spent in the Devils' minor league system, playing for the AHL's Lowell Devils.

In his two seasons with Columbus, Marshall played 147 games, scoring 23 goals and 61 pts. He also had 157 penalty minutes.

Grant Marshall at HockeyDB

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